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2 Scott Co. men charged with allegedly stealing irrigation pivot wire

Preston Jackson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Preston Jackson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Hinton Jr. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Robert Hinton Jr. (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Two Scott County, Mo. men have been arrested and are being charged with the theft of irrigation wire. 

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says Preston Jackson, 19, of Benton, and Robert Hinton Jr., 19, of Sikeston, have both been charged with stealing, 1st degree property damage, and 1st degree trespassing. 

Walter said his office was contacted by a local business on December 15 reporting three male suspects attempting to sell irrigation pivot wire that appeared to be stolen.

Walter said the business refused to purchase the wire and the three subjects left.

Vehicle information provided by the business helped officers later find that vehicle.

Walter said the suspects were still in possession of what turned out to be stolen pivot wire. 

Officials questioned the suspects and discovered Hinton obtained the stolen wire from Jackson, who had allegedly stolen it a few days prior. 

On December 25, officials questioned Jackson about the wire theft.

Jackson admitting stealing the wire from a local farmer and hiding it in a nearby field.

Jackson said he gave Hinton the location of the stolen wire, and offered to split the money with Hinton if he would sell the wire. 

Walter said the cost of repairing the irrigation pivot back to full working condition was estimated to be around $8,000. 

Jackson and Hinton both remain in custody at the Scott County Jail.

Jackson’s bond has been set at $5,000 and Hinton’s bond set at $3,500, cash only.

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